This is another common question that makes most candidates mumble and feel in a fix especially when ill-prepared for the interview. Well, there is no one-answer-fits-all for the question, but every job seeker should be prepared to answer this question in the most meticulous way possible. The interviewer is simply asking,“Why should you join our team?”
“Because I am the best there will ever be, I have the necessary skills for the position. I normally put in 100% for every assignment given and I am the best candidate you will interview today.”
Such an answer sounds okay, however, there is a big problem with saying this. First, the answer is very vague and every candidate can say that about themselves in the same interview. Secondly, you sound too self-confident in saying that you are the best candidate the interviewers will interview.
So how do you ensure you strike the balance between giving enough details and not coming across as too confident? When giving your response, make sure you answer the following questions:
- What skills or experience do you have?
- What sets you apart from the other candidates?
- What is it about you that will enhance the team or brand?
Instead of just saying that you are the best person for the job, you need to clearly spell out the skills and experience you have that are relevant to your position. You know yourself better, and this is the right opportunity to emphasize your skills and experience. To leave a good impression on the interviewer, match the skills you possess with the skills in the job description as this is the perfect candidate the organization is looking for.
For example, you could say,“I have three years of experience in using the statistical software such as SPSS, E-views and STATA which are vital as a data analyst. I also have certification in SPSS which proves that I can efficiently use the software in a work environment.”
It is important not to sound like a ‘cocky-rooster’ by overselling yourself. Saying that you are the best candidate to take the company to the next level sounds as an over-confident comment that should be avoided. On the other hand, avoid self-depreciating comments such as implying that you are the best candidate because you really need the job and would do anything to keep it. The best way to set yourself apart from the other candidates is by mentioning a unique trait that you have.
Finally, the other approach to answer this question is by solving a problem that the company has. This is why adequate preparation and researching on the company cannot be over-emphasized. Interviewers cannot resist a person who is ready to solve an existing problem and hence is an asset to the company and brand.
A good example of an answer for an Administrative Assistant that you could customize for your next interview would be:
“From the job posting advertisement, you specified that you are looking for a person who is computer literate, good at organising travels, good at handling both incoming and outgoing calls and keeping the office imprest for the day to day handling. I have excellent oral and written skills and I can handle office visitors for enquiries as well as writing the necessary reports for meetings and other daily operations. I am proficient in Microsoft Office and can, therefore, handle assignments as required. I believe that a good Administrative Assistant should be good at handling both new and current clients and I have very good interpersonal skills. I have also noticed that as a company, you are trying to increase your market share by reaching out to new clients. I have an experience in conducting a customer satisfaction survey which we could implement.”
In conclusion, this question is all about confidence and an understanding of the needs of the company. If you are able to pitch your skills and experience and show that you can solve the needs of the company through specific examples then you prove that the organization should actually hire you.